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Fr Anthony (Spencer) Estabrooks

1966 – B.A. University of Toronto
1969 – B. Div. Knox College, Toronto
1978 – M.A. Carleton University, Ottawa
2002 – M. Div. St. Andrew’s College, Winnipeg

[1978-81 - Successfully completed coursework and comprehensive exams towards a PhD at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, with a Major in Western Religious thought and a Minor in (East) Indian Philosophy.  He abandoned a two-thirds completed Thesis on The Place of the Bible in the Political Thought of Thomas Hobbes, to pursue pastoral work and participation in the establishment of a co-operative inter-denominational Christian community which continues to thrive in the core of Winnipeg.]


Fr Anthony has completed coursework towards a PhD in Western Religious thought and Indian Philosophy. He has taught various courses in philosophy and religious studies over a period of 15 years as a sessional lecturer at a number of post-secondary institutions in Winnipeg, including the University of Winnipeg and Concord College.


His M.A. thesis was done on the Book of Revelation in the New Testament.


Throughout his life, he has been involved in many informal and formal programs for lay Christian theological training.


His thesis for his M. Div. in Orthodox Theology was concerned with the importance of participation by laity in Holy Communion in the Orthodox Church.

Fr. Mirone Klysh

1952 – A.A.S. in Chemical Technology from New York Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences, Binghamton, New York
1960– L.Th. from St. Andrew’s College in Winnipeg, Manitoba
1967– M.A. in History/Slavic Studies from University of Manitoba


After receiving his A.A.S., Fr Mirone enrolled in the B.Sc. (Chemistry) program at Harpur College, Endicott, New York; he left to enter the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Fr. Mirone also completed Ph.D. courses in History in 1970. He discontinued studies to do parish work in the Romanian Episcopate of the Orthodox Church in America.


Fr. Mirone is currently teaching various courses for the Saint Arseny Institute.

Very Rev. Fr. Anatoly Melnyk

1979 – graduated from the Mlinov Agricultural College, Veterinarian Division, Ukraine.
1986 - graduated from Saint Petersburg Theological Seminary.
1998 – graduated from Kiev Theological Academy.


Mitred Very Reverent Anatoly Melnyk used to teach a Liturgical Theology class (evening school) in Saint Petersburg. He has taught Church School and Theological courses in public school and prepared many young students for the Theological Schools in Volyn and Kiev, and Choir Director Schools in Ukraine.


From 1992 he established a parish newspaper “Orthodoxy” and was the Editor for the Archdiocesan Newspaper “Orthodox Volyn”. He also published several books for use in the Church and for home education.

From January 2000-2005, he was the rector of Holy Trinity Sobor in Winnipeg, Archdiocese of Canada. Since being re-located to Montreal in 2005, he continues to teach our Liturgics/Liturgical Theology courses by correspondence. He and his wife Iryna have two children: Julia and Hlib.

Dr. Deacon Lasha Tchantouridze

Doctor of Philosophy, Politics, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada, Fall 2001 (1997-2001). Fields: International Relations (theory, IPE, foreign policy), Comparative Politics (democratization, government). Thesis: Awakening of Spirits: Eurasianism and Geopolitics in the Foreign Policy of Russia. Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Page.

Master of Arts, Politics, Queen’s University, Fall 1996 (1995-1996)

Field: International Relations. Thesis: Caucasia as an International Region: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia. Supervisor: Dr. S. Neil MacFarlane.

BAH, Philosophy, Tbilisi State University, Summer 1992 (1988-1992) Faculty of Philosophy and Religion. Thesis: Social Crisis and A Person. Supervisor: Dr. V. Erkomaishvili.

BA, Film, Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi, Georgia, Summer 1994 (1989-1994)Areas of concentration: Film, Media Studies. Diploma Credit: Producer, Business Courier, Channel I, Georgian Television.

Diploma in Divinity Studies, St Arseny Orthodox Christian Theological Institute, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Spring 2005 (2003-2005).

Certificate, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Winter 2000 (1999-2000).

Intermediate Level Certificate, French Language Summer School, Université Laval, Quebec, Canada, May-June 1998.

The Soviet Navy Political Institute, Kiev, Ukraine (attended one term), Summer 1984.



Chase International Travel Grant, Norwich University, June 2012

Major Outreach Award for the Northern Outreach Program for First Nations, rural, and remote communities in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and NW Ontario, University of Manitoba, 2009-2010.

Five-Year Service Award, Faculty of Arts, U of M June 2007

The Faculty of Arts Endowment Award, the U of Manitoba May 2007

Sir Thomas B. Cropo Fellowship, St Arseny Institute, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 2004-2005.

SDF Special Grant, Department of National Defence. Asymmetric War workshop, University of Manitoba, 2003.

Dean’s Award. For launching of the Bison Paper series, University of Manitoba, 2002-2003.

The Faculty of Arts Endowment Award, the U of Manitoba March 2002

Doctoral Field Research Travel Grant. School of Graduate Studies, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, 2000-2001.

Graduate Scholarship. School of Graduate Studies, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON. 1997-2001.

Baron Van der Feltz Prize for the Best MA Thesis. Queen’s University, Kingston, ON. 1996.

Graduate Fellowship. School of Graduate Studies, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, 1995.

Tbilisi State University Graduate Scholarship (declined) September 1992

Graduation with Distinction, Tbilisi State University June 1992

Scholarship for Academic Excellence, Tbilisi State University 1989 – 1992



Deacon, St Jacob of Alaska Orthodox parish, Orthodox Church in America Northfield Falls, VT, the United States, since July 2011

Deacon, St Nicholas Orthodox Church, Orthodox Church in America, Narol, MB, Canada, May 2006 – June 2011

Deacon, Theotokos of the Life-Giving Spring mission, Orthodox Church in America, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, fall 2007 – fall 2010

Subdeacon, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Orthodox Church in America, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, May 2005 – May 2006



Fluent – Georgian, Russian.

Intermediate – Belarussian, Ukrainian, Church Slavonic.

Rudimentary – French, Italian, Spanish, Spanish, German, Serbo-Croatian, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Bulgarian, Slovenian, Macedonian, Biblical Greek.